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the gop candidate said that he could have been more eloquent, but he never once repudiated the content of those comments. well yesterday surely as night turns to day governor romney pulled yet another flip-flop. >> it was completely wrong. i absolutely believe however that my life has shown that i care about 100%. >> so it's going to be really interesting to see how romney's new stance is going to go over with his big conservative donors and right wingers. he said that he was wrong. i want to turn to phoenix and the war rooms one and only toe party republican, j.d. hayworth. great to have you back inside the war room. >> thanks, jennifer, good to be with you. >> i'm curious j.d., what was your reaction when you heart mitt romney had yet another change of heart.
>> oh, i wouldn't characterize it as that. i'd characterize it as sometimes you to have explain yourself better and so it's always dangerous when you explain as president obama found out the other night in the debate. when you're explaining, you're losing. it seemed to be a clear differentiation. there's a difference people who don't support you electorally. there were parts of my district where i didn't get support but i was expected to be congressman for the entire district. i'd say during your time, there were certain areas of the straight that were republican strongholds, but yet you chose to be governor of all the people. i think mr. romney was making that comment as he prepares based on the verdict on the first tuesday following the first monday in november to become the first president. >> that's what he should have
been saying. that's not what he actually said at the fundraiser. there were conservative members in the republican party who did support his 47% remarks when he came out saying yeah, that's the mitt romney we thought we elected. how does that play with them? >> i quite frankly don't think it's that big a deal, really, because we all know in an election campaign, the idea is you have your base. you turn out the base, but then you appeal to others and it's like inviting company over or applying for a job, you want to leave them with the best impression. again, it's not unique to governor romney. president obama will try to do the same thing in deed did so with great success in 2008. i suspect it will be tougher for him this year, though. >> mitt romney made a clear tack to the middle and made remarks about how regulation i guess good and all of that.
i mean, you saw it, i'm sure. do you think that that ends up causing some trouble with the far right or the tea party right at all or are people just so excited that he apparently won the debate that it doesn't matter what he's saying now? >> the most strident anti regulation person among us, i guess that would be me understands the need for stop signs and stoplights and dare i say it, even a federal communications commission in terms of frequency allocation and technical needs so listen, it is not something where people want to see some sort of a regulatory anarchy. i think governor romney was very clear in saying look, we need reasonable regulation, so i don't think it's something that's here also sy to those on the right. >> this is so interesting to me, j.d. that there's this moderate mitt that seems to be acceptable
to you. >> look, it is a staple in politics. you've heard this sings you took civics in the ninth agreed. what happens in a general election campaign, you win your party's nomination and then you talk to people in the middle and you say you know what? i think we can work together. the idea is to attract votes. it's not a big mystery jennifer. >> i know. it's not a big mystery at all j.d. it's the etch-a-sketch. come on, what do you make of congressman ron paul saying that he's actually not going to be voling for mitt romney? do you think that's going to have much sway with ron paul's veryar dent supporters? >> that's a curious situation. i thought that dr. paul, considering the fact that in his family the torch has now been passed to his son rand, i thought he might stay inside the tent for the general election.
ron paul's ron paul. we wish him well. in the final analysis, you will not see great throngs making that move to follow dr. paul out of the party. most americans regardless of whom they supported in the past will see these two major choices and i believe a majority of americans will make the right choice for mitt romney. >> well, whatever. that's your opinion. >> whatever? >> if you were advicing the romney campaign, the j.d. hayworth piece of advice, what would be your number one piece of advice right now? >> consider to run on a center right platform, continue to reach out to every voter concentrate on the swing states and on to victory election day. >> ok. well, you just keep drinking what you're drinking my dear. that's former congressman. >> victory punch.
ok thanks. >> coming up, j.d.'s beloved arizona is just one of several southwestern red states that is seeing purple or even blue on the horizon. boy, would that ever be sweet. >> plus, daniel day lewis could be disguised as one of our camera guys and i wouldn't know it. the master of getting into character tries abe lincoln on for size. they're doing this this corruption based on corruption based on corruption. >>that's an understatement, eliot.
polls, but if you are looking for some good news here it is. the president now leads among registered latino voters by 50 points. 70 to 20. and that group makes up a larger and larger share of the voters in the so-called new west. latinos now account for between 14 and 39% of all voters in colorado nevada arizona, texas, and new mexico. some of these states are swing states and while texas and arizona are considered pretty safely red that actually could change with the demographics. the number of latino voters has been growing steadily across the country. 7.7% of eligible voters were latino in 1988. this year 23%. for romney to overcome his
unpopularity with latinos and other minorities he has to win 60% of white voters. and a republican strategist confirmed that quote this election is the last time anyone will try to do this. the last time. joining us now echaveste. she served as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for president clinton. she is now a political and policy strategist at mvg and a senior fellow at the center for american progress. welcome back inside "the war room." >> thank for having me. >> jennifer: it's great to have you here because i think we need some forward looking news. arizona and texas both reliably red right now, although in september, the president came within three points in one poll in arizona leading many to say,
wow, could arizona be the next swing state in this election? do you think if not in this one, in the next one, that those two states would be in the swing state category. >> this motivated a great number of hispanics in arizona to register and vote and they succeeded in recalling for the first time ever russell pierce who was the author of "1070." he made an even fort to get back on the ballot and they defeated him again. there is currently an effort to not reelect sheriff arpaio. and then we have richard carmono running for the u.s. senate running as a democrat and he is
giving -- >> jennifer: a run for his money. >> so if not this time i'm cautiously optimistic about carmona. >> jennifer: and the backlash against this anti-immigrant series of legislation really could say, you know, it's the undoing almost of the republican strategy to be able to do that. do you think in terms of the republicans, it is a -- their efforts cannot be sustainable? >> no i don't think they are efforts. i think they have been playing the short-term game. basically i'm going to worry about latinos when i really need to. but it is motivating people. and it's really important to understand that hispanics are just like any other american. they care about the economy, jobs health care but when they feel attacked they are going
to -- and what really want to register and vote. >> jennifer: absolutely. people get mad -- >> yes. and that's what is happening. >> jennifer: romney said before the debate to the denver post that he would support the president's giving work permits to young illegal immigrants and then just after the debate his staff walked it back immediately. is this -- >> that is very unfortunate on his part. in so many ways they have a message that could resinate with hispanics. they are entrepreneurial, many come from countries where they don't want the government involved. >> jennifer: the catholics -- >> very religious.
thank goodness they keep making the mistakes. >> jennifer: there is an assumption on the part of the republicans that latinos don't vote. there was an "washington post" article that said the number one myth about latinos is that latinos don't vote. >> that is a myth. and you have to understand it's a much younger population and we know younger people don't vote. so when the median age of hispanics is 25 compared to non-hispanic whites at 35, 37 you can understand why there would be this gap. but i think texas is really -- i'm counting -- maybe not in play in 2016 but definitely in play in 2020. it is -- >> jennifer: that's way too far away for me. >> i agree. >> jennifer: last question is the voter suppression efforts who could keep as many as 10
million latino voters away -- the courts seem to have been catching with up this -- >> i'm very concerned about that. there was a decision in florida that allowed the purge of non-citizen voters. this is almost ethnic cleansing, because how do you determine that someone on the voter poll is not state sen? you go by the name. >> exactly. so there is still work to do. maria thank you for joining us and giving us some hope at the end of a rough week. up next don't think hollywood doesn't know it is an election year. some amazing films are
(vo) cenk uygur is many things. >>oh really? >>tax cuts don't create jobs. the golden years as the conservatives call them, we had the highest tax rates, and the highest amount of growth, and the highest amount of jobs. those are facts. >>"if you ever raise taxes on the rich, you're going to destroy our economy." not true!
>> jennifer: well that's a clip from "2018: obama's america." it's actually produced by dinesh d'souza. it's a documentary that examines president obama's early years for his alleged anti-capitalist beliefs. it has already earned nearly $33 million, which makes it the second-highest grossing documentary in history, behind michael moore's fahrenheit 9/11. a new tv movie is set to air on the national geographic channel just two days before the election. coming to us tonight from los angeles to discuss is alonso
duralde. alonzo is author and film critic for "the wrap." thank you for being here. >> thanks for having me. >> jennifer: do you think the president obama is happy that this movie is coming out right before the election. >> well i think anything that reminds people of one of his -- what has become one of his signature achievements of his first term it certainly can't hurt. >> jennifer: seal team six was produced by harvy weinstein who is an ardent obama supporter, but it is going to be aired ironically on fox. >> it may welcome down to a coincidence. i think it is the kind of thing that you can look at on the
calendar and go hum. but so many of these things are so random that there could be any number of items in play. >> jennifer: there is another film about the bin laden raid and that's directed by katherine biglow, and that movie has been pushed back to december. why is that? >> it's a hard to say. nobody gives a clearance why nay moved it from october to december. some people surmised it had to do with not wanting to go before the election or it could be about the oscar campaign. you never know. you may remember back in '84, there was talk that the right stuff was going to make john glen our next president, and that didn't exactly happen and the movie's box office suffered because people thought they were
going to be seeing a political ad. >> jennifer: right. well let's get to the movies here. i want to show a clip of "lincoln." take a listen. >> it is on the world stage now. the faith of human dig any the is in our hands! is this moment now! now! now! >> jennifer: what is the buzz on that one? >> nobody has seen it yet. so there isn't any. there is already oscar rumblings about daniel day lewis, but know one has seen the film yet. i'm interested that tony kushner is writing the script. so we'll see. >> jennifer: and there is another one coming out about fdr too.
but before we go i want to show everybody a clip from the ben affleck political thriller argo which is coming out neck week. >> that's right. >> it would celtics. there aring only bad options. it's about finding the best one. >> you have a better bad idea than this? >> this is the best idea idea we have sir, by far. >> jennifer: i totally love the movie sorry seen this preview a number of times at the theater. what is the premise of this movie? >> this is based on a true story. to get six people who managed to speak out of the american embassy in tehran and they
created identities for these six americans hiding out in the embassy. so basically it's this entire phony movie that existed only as a cia operation to rescue americans stuck in iran. the idea that jimmy carter is getting more and more credit for now, having a foreign policy that is more about negotiation or intricate intelligence and not merely let's go invade. >> jennifer: so alonzo i'm always so fascinated by political films that are based in reality, and that one is. have you heard the buzz about that? has that gotten some early good reviews? >> very much so yeah. i haven't seen it yet, but my partner dave white saw it at the
premier last night, and was raving about it. and apparently very true and captured what really went down in that operation. >> jennifer: i love it. any other political ones that are on your to-see list? >> that's looking like what we have got between now and the end of the year. the bill murray performance as fdr has been getting a lot of talk too. >> jennifer: i'm excited about that one too. alonso duralde thank you so much for joining us inside "the war room." up next we'll go from hollywood to off, off, off, off broadway. >> coming up the week with jokes smiles and winks. ♪ (vo) what is said here could decide the election. current tv presents coverage of the vice presidential debate. with unrivaled analysis and
personalized computerized flip flopping, it does not get more romney than that. all right. from big bird to small unemployment, this week has had its highlights and low lights. and brett ehrlich is here to make light of it all. so shhhh, brett's talking now. >> oh what a week it was. let's go through it like thai good through a digest shun system. monday. nothing happened. >> tuesday. >> nothing happened. wednesday. >> the debate happened. and after vowing to pull money from the beloved children's show cookie monster said i never felt this violated and i had had a man's hand um my bomb
for the last 30 years. and this came right on the heels of a large donation mitt romney received. from a miss dorat explorer. >> thursday. nothing happened. friday >> the jobs reports came out. and here is how that news was received by the romney camp. ♪ >> be quiet it's the unemployment numbers. hello? oh, [ censor bleep ]. >> and that's where we are today. i'm done talking now. >> jennifer: all right. everererererererererererererererererererererererererererererer a